The three diplomats at the Russian embassy in Oslo were identified by Aftenposten as having links to a Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU [Russia’s military intelligence service].
The Norwegian Police Intelligence Agency PST claims that the “real number” of intelligence agents operating in Norway is “much higher”.
“We can confirm that Russia’s intelligence service and the services of other countries are using their embassy as a cover for their intelligence officers,” said Hanne Blomberg, head of counterintelligence at PST. “We know that some of Russia’s intelligence agencies are present in Norway and use diplomatic cover through the embassy.”
She added that “Aftenposten counted three. The actual number of intelligence agents working in Norway is much higher. “